Selected Events (11/21) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s SWEET 6 > SATURDAY / NOV. 21, 2015

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Thomas Adès: ‘Concentric Paths — Movements in Music’ (through Sunday)
City Center, 131 W55th St./ Saturday 7:30PM, Sunday 3PM, $
“At 44, the British composer Thomas Adès is already a lion of contemporary classical music. In this Sadler’s Wells London production, his music – described as “sonic surrealism” – is muse to four choreographers. Wayne McGregor tackles “Concentric Paths,” a violin concerto; Karole Armitage sets a duet to “Life Story” with piano and voice; and Alexander Whitley interprets “Piano Quintet” (with Mr. Adès on piano).

The showstopper is Crystal Pite’s “Polaris,” set to the orchestra of the same name, which she has called “epic.” With 66 dancers, so too is her dance. Part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.” (NYT-Schaefer)

Buster Williams and Renee Rosnes
Mezzrow, 163 W. 10th St./ 9:30PM, $
“With a long-established instrumentalist like the bassist Buster Williams, it’s easier to identify the few modern masters he hasn’t worked with than the multitudes he can list on his résumé. He’s joined by the adroit pianist Renee Rosnes for some elegant and animated duets.” (NewYorker)

Ballet Hispanico
Apollo Theater, 253 W125th St./ Friday 8PM, $
“The Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo makes his New York debut, compliments of Ballet Hispanico performing “If Walls Could Speak” at the storied Apollo Theater. The evening-length work is an ode to Mr. Melo’s birthplace in all its cultural richness and political complexity, accompanied by live percussion and samba. That work occupies the evenings; a Saturday matinee aimed at families features selections from the company’s repertory.” (NYT- Schaefer)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Autumn Wine Festival
Broad Street Ballroom, 41 Broad St./ 3–6PM, 8–11PM; $99.
“Even those without a vinicultural education will enjoy the NYC Autumn Wine Festival, but wannabe somms will find lots to love at the historic Broad Street Ballroom, which will be transformed into an urban vineyard. The fest boasts more than 175 wines from top-notch distributors, including international vintages and local producers, as well as live jazz and hors d’oeuvres.” (TONY)

Little Italy: Fact and Fiction:
A Book Talk in Conjunction with the 200th Anniversary of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral and the Little Italy Collective Memory Project / 1PM,
“Join us for a panel of authors including Laurie Fabiano (Elizabeth Street: A Novel), Richard Rinaldo (Meatballs and Stickball), Lou DiPalo (Lou DiPalo’s Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy) and others discussing Little Italy, then and now, followed by a screening of Ellis, the new documentary about Ellis Island starring Robert DeNiro.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
American Fine Craft Show (also Sunday)
Bklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, at Prospect Park/ 11AM-6PM
“Richard and Joanna Rothbard, founders of An American Craftsman, the Manhattan galleries, host this annual event that brings in about 90 of the country’s top craft artists. Handmade ceramics, jewelry, furniture and more will be on display. The price of admission also gets visitors into the Brooklyn Museum, which is hosting the show in its Beaux-Arts Court.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Bonus – Music Picks:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are a few of my favorite music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:
City Winery – 155 Varick St.,, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan, 212-206-0440
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., 212-505-3474
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd dSt., 212-997-2144
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St., 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  Quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see their expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:
‘Picasso Sculpture’ (through Feb. 7)
“Nearly a work of art in its own right, this magnificent show redefines Picasso’s achievement with the first full view here in 50 years of his astoundingly varied forays into sculpture. His materials, not his female loves, become the muses, and are different each time out. The basic plotline: After introducing sculptural abstraction and space, he spent about 50 years counting the ways that the figure was far from finished. 212-708-9400,” (Smith-NYT)

Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960-1980’ (through Jan. 3) “Visiting this big, spirited group show is like walking into a party of intriguing strangers. For every person you recognize, there are 10 you don’t know. One topic everyone’s talking about, at different intensities, is the anti-institutional politics that swept Europe and the Americas in the 1960s, and almost everyone speaks the language of Conceptualism. A product of an in-house research initiative called Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives, or C-MAP, intended to expand MoMA’s narrow Paris-New York view of modernism, the show is very much the beginning rather than the end of a learning curve. But with curators exploring material new to them — just steps ahead of their audience — the show has a refreshing buzz of surprise as it takes the museum in a realistic new directions. 212-708-9400,” (Cotter-NYT)


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 11/19 and 11/17.

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